Enlightenment contested: philosophy, modernity, and the emancipation of man, 1670-1752

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Oxford University Press, 2006 - History - 983 pages
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The first major reassessment of the Western Enlightenment for a generation. Continuing the story he began in Radical Enlightenment, Jonathan Israel now focuses on the first half of the eighteenth century. He traces to their roots the core principles of Western modernity: the primacy of reason, democracy, racial equality, feminism, religious toleration, sexual emancipation, and freedom of expression.

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1 Early Enlightenment Revolution and the Modern Age
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Philosophy and the Making of Modernity
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Bayle versus the Rationaux
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Jonathan Israel is a professor in the School of Historical Studies, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton

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